The Italian Matteo Berrettini, finalist last year and who was one of the favorites of this edition, announced, Tuesday June 28 on Instagram, his package at Wimbledon due to a positive test for Covid-19.

The organizers then confirmed this package, stating that Berrettini, who was to start his tournament on Tuesday against the Chilean Cristian Garin (43rd), was replaced in the table by the “lucky loser” (eliminated in the last round of qualifying ) Swedish Elias Ymer (137th).

“The dream is over”

“I felt flu symptoms and I have been in solitary confinement for the past few days. The symptoms weren’t severe, but I felt it was important to re-test this morning [Tuesday before his start] to protect my fellow players and everyone involved in the tournament.” world number 11, adding:

I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will come back stronger.

Berrettini, who took a set in the final last year from Novak Djokovic, arrived in full confidence this year at Wimbledon, having won his two preparatory tournaments at the Major on grass, in Stuttgart and at Queen’s. Undefeated on this surface this season, he was in Rafael Nadal’s half of the table and could hope for revenge against Djokovic in the final.